Benjamin comes to us fresh from University of Cincinnati, where he received a BS in Information Technology with a cyber security track.
Considering he has a chubby cat named Tubbs, and his first-day participation in Office Olympics, Ben is on track to run the place before long. He’s clearly an overachiever… I mean, look how tall he is… and he even went above and beyond to answer ALL of our questions!
Q: Hi, Benjamin! Give us an overview of your role at THC in three sentences or less, please.
A: I handle the day-to-day security operations. I also, more or less help make everyone more secure.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: Getting to work with a wide variety of security tools is a blast. Also having my own business card is pretty dope.
Q: Where did you grow up, and how has it shaped who you have become?
A: Cincinnati! Born and raised. Cincinnati has really made me into the typical Cincinnatian: I love Skyline, UC, and asking where people went to high school.
Q: What’s your favorite activity outside of the office, and why?
A: I enjoy forcing myself to go on runs and rock climbing. Why? Well I run so I can feel a little less bad about myself; I climb because I have too much skin on my hands.
Q: What are you most proud of, personally or professionally?
A: Graduating from college, because I had one grade school teacher who said I wouldn’t amount to anything. Take that, Mrs. Brinker!
Q: How old do you FEEL right now?
A: Well I feel somewhat old because I have a full time job and bills but then I remember that I have never actually used a floppy disk so I can’t be that old.
Q: What TV sitcom would best describe your life?
A: Rick and Morty because I never really understand what’s going on.
Q: If you were a character on The Simpsons, who would you be and why?
A: I would call an audible and be Finn the Human from Adventure Time. Probably because he has the best job ever.
Q: What book are you currently (or most recently) reading?
A: I just finished American Gods and Towing Jehovah, now I am reading Kali Linux Revealed.
Q: Coffee or tea? Chocolate or vanilla? Puppies or kittens?
A: Tea because it is objectively better then coffee… Chocolate because life is too short to be boring… Really depends on the breed; if it’s a Corgi then puppies, easily, but anything else, I would say kittens.
Q: What’s the oddest job you ever had (besides this one)?
A: I used to be the Lacrosse Specialist at Dicks Sporting Goods, so I would string lacrosse heads for the store, not odd but I am a pretty boring person so it works out.
Q: Have you ever met a celebrity? If yes, who was it? Were they nice?
A: I met Dave Matthews when I was around 10 or 11. My dad and brother and I were all leaving a Reds Game and we ran into him on the way out. He seemed nice enough.
Q: What song would you sing on American Idol?
A: Honestly I would probably sing some Bob Dylan or Tom Petty because I can’t sing to save my life.
Q: What would your perfect meal entail?
A: Some Cincinnati chili and I will be happy.
Q: If you could, what time period would you visit in history?
A: Colonial America or the US during the Civil War.